Brazilian football is in mourning, deeply marked by the death of 10 people in a fire that destroyed the housing of young players in the Flamengo training center. "Preliminary information indicates that there were young players and club staff among the victims," said Rio Deputy Governor Claudio Castro, who went to the training center. The hope for the training center is 14 to 17 years old according to the Brazilian media. Local authorities also reported three injuries, one of which was serious, with burns on more than 30% of the body.
This is the worst tragedy of the club in 123-year history
One of the deceased players, the 15-year-old keeper Christian Esmério, was international hope and was followed by many European clubs. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said to himself "Shocked" by "this tragedy (…) that cost the lives of young people who started their journey to the realization of their professional dreams" and he associated himself "to the pain of families at this time of mourning". "It is the worst tragedy of the club in 123 years of history"Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim regretted during a press conference.
Brazilian football legend, Pelé expressed his solidarity on Twitter. "My day started with the news of the fire in the Flamengo training center, where young people try to make their dream come true, it is a very sad day for Brazilian football."said the "King".
Neymar, star pin of Paris Saint-Germain, placed on his Instagram account a simple image of the Flamengo logo on a black background with the message: "My condolences".
A training center "in the process of regularization"
Many family members flocked to the training center not to hear young players from different parts of Brazil. One of these family members told Sportv that the hope was located in temporary prefab installations.
The fire broke out around 5.00 am and was checked two hours later in the ultramodern facilities of Ninho do Urubu ("the vulture's nest", symbol of the club), where the first team is also trained. from Flamengo, in the Vargem Grande district, west of Rio. This district was one of the most affected by torrential rains that killed six people in the night from Wednesday to Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.
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The local newspaper Extra collected testimonies from survivors that the fire, whose causes have not yet been determined, would have started with the air conditioning system. Firefighters said in a statement that the training center "was regularized" as far as fire risk coverage is concerned and he did not yet have the certificate of approval from the corporation.
Vinicius Junior has collapsed
The players of the first team would go to Ninho do Urubu in the morning, for the final training for the "classico" against the historic rival Fluminense on Saturday. The football federation of Rio de Janeiro said on Twitter a meeting between the leaders of the two clubs for a postponement of this meeting, the semi-final of the regional championship.
Fluminense and many other Brazilian and foreign clubs have sent condolence messages on social networks. Flamengo, the club with the most supporters in Brazil, recently unveiled the talents of Vinicius Junior in his training center, very prominently now with Real Madrid, only 18 years old. "The memory of nights spent in the training center gives me goose bumps, I can not believe it"the Madrid player reacted to Twitter.
Brazilian soccer was mourned two years ago by the crash of the Chapecoense plane, which crashed in Colombia and caused 71 deaths, including 19 players, 14 staff and 20 journalists.
"We are saddened by the gunfight that hit Ninho do Urubu, causing many casualties", commented Chapecoense on Twitter, a message illustrated with a photo montage of his sweater next to that of Flamengo.